Highlights of this tour

Between Germany and Austria

Day of rest & exploration in Vienna

Around 200 km / 147 miles

Ships with max. 100 passengers

Guidance
  • Fully-guided: A tour leader will guide you during the cycling days
  • Semi-guided: Daily briefing by the tour leader, independent cycling but tour leader available ICE.
  • Independent: No tour leader, the ships’ crew does daily briefing, independent cycling
guidance Individual
Difficulty
  • Level 1: easy tours, very flat terrain
  • Level 2: quite easy tours, mostly flat terrain
  • Level 3: requires a higher level of exertion, medium hilly terrain
  • Level 4: for experienced cyclists, hilly terrain with climbs
Difficulty level 1 Difficulty level 1
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Bike and Barge Danube: Passau – Vienna – Passau | Normandie and Arlene II

The bike tour along the German / Austrian Danube is a very special pleasure, because your “swimming hotel” is always with you! Gently downhill, you will cycle along lush green river banks, through small, dreamy villages in the impressive Danube landscapes. You will discover the breathtaking natural wonder of the “Great Loop” (a swift 180º turn!) and immerse yourself in legendary Wachau with its vineyard terraces and enchanted castles and monasteries. Then Vienna – an abundance of sights! A city, hardly to describe – you have to see and feel it! Sights like St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the city hall and the world’s oldest Ferris Wheel (Riesenrad) are easy to reach during a wonderful sightseeing tour by bike. A stroll through the Naschmarkt (famous food market) is a wonderful cultural and culinary adventure. You can also relax at any of the cosy coffee houses or at a typical traditional Viennese wine tavern in the suburbs.

The highlights of the tour: Passau, the City of 3 rivers, the Schloegen Danube Loop, the World Heritage Site Wachau, Upper Austria’s capital Linz, the cosmopolitan city Vienna with a plethora of sights.

New in 2019: The tours with the Normandie and the Arlene II start and end on Mondays.

 

Day to day program 2019

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

Please note:
2019: The tours with the Normandie and Arlene II start and end on Mondays.

 

Day 1 (Mon): Embarkation: Passau | Normandie: Passau – Engelhartszell | Arlene II: Passau – Obernzell

The Episcopal city close to the Bavarian/Austrian border is also known as the “City of three Rivers.” Boarding time is at approx. 4-5 p.m., departure around 7 p.m. Enjoy your first dinner on board and an evening sail to Engelhartszell (Normandie) or Obernzell (Arlene II).

Day 2 (Tue): Normandie: Engelhartszell – Untermühl – “Great Loop” (Approx. 35 km/21 mi.) | Untermül – Linz |
Arlene II: Obernzell – Obermühl – „Great Loop“ – Linz, (approx. 35 km/21 mi.) | Obermühl – Linz

Normandie: Need a boost? Try some of the special cordials and liqueurs in the Trappist monastery in Engelhartszell. Supposedly, they have “special healing power.” Downstream, the way leads you to pretty villages amid natural landscape. For a change take the little ferry boat through the romantic Schlögener loop, where the river makes a very abrupt 180 degree turn (approx. € 3,- per pers.). Shipping from Untermühl to Linz. Tip: discover Linz, the capital of upper Austria while riding on the bright yellow City-Express.

Arlene II: Downstream, the way leads you to pretty villages amid natural landscape. Need a boost? Try some of the special cordials and liqueurs in the Trappist monastery in Engelhartszell. Supposedly, they have “special healing power.” For a change take the little ferry boat through the romantic Schlögener loop, where the river makes a very abrupt 180 degree turn (approx. € 3.- per pers.). Shipping from Obermühl to Linz. Tip: discover Linz, the capital of upper Austria while riding on the bright yellow City-Express.

Day 3 (Wed.) : Linz – Mauthausen | Mauthausen – Grein (Approx. 36-42km/21.6 mi.)

In the early morning shipping to Mauthausen. You have the possibility to visit the memorial-place KZ-Mauthausen. The Celtic town Mitterkirchen gives you an insight of the past. For easy cyclists the tour leads along the Danube, the alternative route, “Clam Castle,” through the beautiful back country of the “Strudengau” is slightly hilly, but a fantastic landscape. Worth a visit in Grein: the impressive Castle of Greinburg.

Day 4 (Thu): Grein – Melk (Approx. 50 km/30 mi.) | Melk – Tulln

Today’s stage is marked by a diverse landscape. At the beginning, there is the Strudengau – a narrow point of the Danube which used to be notorious amongst skippers. The valley expands from Persenbeug and the bike tour leads you further to Melk with its gorgeous baroque monastery of the Benedictine brethren. On deck, you enjoy the sunset and the beautiful evening illumination of the Wachau. Today’s final destination is Tulln, famous for its numerous market gardens where the famous Art Nouveau artist Egon Schiele was born.

Day 5 (Fri): Tulln – Vienna-Nussdorf (Korneuburg may also be possible) (Approx. 35 km/21 mi.)

Right in front of Vienna’s entrance, embedded in a breathtaking landscape, the monastery of Klosterneuburg is situated. You can already see the cupola of this 900 year old baroque building from a distance. “Kahlenbergerdorf” with it’s wine taverns is definitely worth a visit. After a stroll through the vineyards, you can enjoy the panoramic view over Vienna.

Day 6 (Sat): Vienna – Nussdorf / Korneuburg (day of rest) | Vienna – Dürnstein/Rossatz or Krems

You should be sure to see the most famous places of interest like the St. Stephens Cathedral and the Hofburg. You can take a city tour by bike (optional, not included). The gorgeous boulevard “Ringstraβe” with the Burgtheater, the State Opera House and the town hall takes you back to the past. Take your time in the afternoon to stroll or visit one of the famous Viennese coffee bars. In the night shipping to Dürnstein or Rossatz (Normandie) and Krems (Arlene II).

Day 7 (Sun): Normandie: Wachau – Pöchlarn (Approx. 39 km/ 23,4 mi.) | Arlene II: Wachau – Emmersdorf (approx. 35 km/21 mi.) | Pöchlarn or Emmersdorf – Passau

Your last biking day is a special highlight! Amidst small dreamy villages, apricot trees, vineyards, castles, monasteries and ruins, this gentle hilly landscape enchants everybody. A powerful ruin looms above the small Baroque town of Dürnstein, while the blue tower of the monastery church is a landmark of Wachau. In Pöchlarn (Normandie) or Emmersdorf (Arlene II) you embark your ship. In the evening farewell dinner and cocktail.

Day 8: Disembarkation: Passau

Every journey draws to an end. Once again you enjoy on deck the first sunbeams and the peaceful silence of the Danube Valley. Take a last sight at the Schlögener Schlinge (“Great Loop”) before you arrive relaxed at Passau. Arrival is about 10 a.m., disembarkation half an hour later. We recommend to arrange connecting trips from noon onwards.

Good to know

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

Please note:
2019: The tours with the Normandie and Arlene II start and end on Mondays.

 

Cycle tours:  The bike tours are individual, at your own pace, without a tour guide, but with daily briefings on board and detailed bicycle maps and directions. All cycle tours can be classified as being easy. When a guest does not want to cycle one day, she/he can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next harbour.

Please indicate your body height when you book
To bring your own bike: on request only – due to lack of space on sundeck.

Luggage: we recommend rainwear, bicycle helmet, sunhat and sneakers. Please be aware that the cabin storage space is very limited
Smoking:
the interior of the ship is a non-smoking zone: smoking is only allowed on the sun deck. As a safety measure, a statutory smoking ban applies in all cabins; this means that all cabins and rooms on board are non-smoking areas.
Routing/Program: basically, we reserve the right to make changes of routing and program. In case of flood or low tide, the shipping company reserves the right to bridge parts of passages by buses. In extreme situations, the shipping company reserves the right to cancel the journey on short notice. No legal right shall be constituted of both situations. The same applies for officially ordered – previously not announced – repair work on locks or bridges. Please be aware that a cruise ship on the Danube is not only your hotel but also a machine, working with engine power also during the night. Especially crossing locks and bridges – and the preparation work – may cause noise. If you are sensitive please bring your own ear plugs.
Travel documents: EU-citizens (without special situations like dual citizenship, main residence abroad or a limited-validity passport) are required to have a valid passport or ID-card, not expiring within six(6) months of the return of your cruise. We kindly ask non-EU citizens, EU-nationals with multiple citizenship or anybody who has to respect special legal entry requirements for the country to visit, to inform about visa and entry documents at the competent embassy.
This trip is not suitable for guests with reduced mobility.  

 


Prices & information

Prices
Cabin type For Season A Season B Season C Season D
Twin cabin lower deck 2 pers. €659 €779 €859 €899 Twin cabin astern* upper deck 2 pers. €699 €819 €899 €939 Twin cabin upper deck 2 pers. €799 €919 €999 €1039 Single cabin upper deck 1 pers. €1049 €1169 €1249 €1289 Suite upper deck (Arlene II) 2 pers. Not available Not available €1199 €1239
Included in this tour

7 nights in a cabin with shower/toilet and air-conditioning in the booked category

Program according to the description from/to Passau

Full meals: 7x breakfast, 6x lunch snack on board (non cyclists) or packed lunch for cyclists, 6x afternoon coffee break, 6x 3-course-dinner

Bed linen and towels on board; daily cleaning of the cabin

Captains greeting and welcoming drink

Daily live music

1x Information pack with route book per cabin

Daily bike tour instructions

Board manager (does not cycle)

Port fees and tourist taxes

Insolvenzabsicherung: Stichting Garantiefonds Reisgelden (SGR) und (nur für Endverbraucher aus Deutschland) Sicherungsschein über tourVERS

Reiseveranstalter sind nach geltendem Europäischen Recht dazu verpflichtet, erhaltene Kundengelder für den Fall eigener Zahlungsunfähigkeit oder Insolvenz abzusichern. Boat Bike Tours (Handelsregisternummer 3714 7084) ist ein in den Niederlanden unter Nummer 3734 registrierter Teilnehmer von SGR (Stichting Garantiefonds Reisgelden). Diese Registrierung ist auf www.sgr.nl überprüfbar. Die teilnehmenden Reiseveranstalter unterliegen dem in den Niederlanden gesetzlich vorgeschriebenen Garantieschutz des SGR Insolvenz-Garantiesystems. Gemäß der Garantieleistung von SGR werden dem Endverbraucher die im Voraus bezahlten Reisesummen erstattet, wenn der Reiseveranstalter finanziell nicht in der Lage ist, seine vertraglichen Verpflichtungen zu erfüllen. Sofern die Vereinbarung Transport beinhaltet und das Ziel bereits erreicht ist, wird die Rückreise arrangiert. Boat Bike Tours hat die vom Gesetzgeber vorgeschriebene Insolvenzversicherung für Endverbraucher, deren Wohnsitz in Deutschland ist, über die tourVERS, eines in Deutschland führenden Anbieters, abgeschlossen. Über 1.200 Veranstalter aller Größenordnungen und touristischen Bereiche sind über tourVERS versichert. Auf der Internetseite der tourVERS finden Sie alle Informationen zur Insolvenzabsicherung. Endverbraucher, die in Deutschland bewohnhaftet sind, erhalten bei Buchung bei Boat Bike Tours mit der Buchungsbestätigung auch den Sicherungsschein von tourVERS.

Hinweis: Die o.g. deutsche Übersetzung des Abschnitts über SGR ist keine offizielle SGR-Übersetzung. SGR kommuniziert nur auf Niederländisch und Englisch. Der niederländische Text zum SGR-Garantiesystem ist allgemeinverbindlich.

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Excluded in this tour

Transfers to/from the docking place in Passau

Rental bicycle or e-bike (optional)

Other transfers

Parking fee

Entrance fees & excursions

Drinks on board

Personal insurances

Gratuities (at your discretion)

Additional options & information

Rental bicycle: € 70 per bike/week
Rental E-Bike: € 165 per bike/week
You can find a description of the bicycles when you click on ship.

Travel safe: we recommend to wear a bike helmet (compulsory use for helmets: In Austria for children till 12 years). Onboard Selling: UVEX I-VO € 40.- per helmet, limited number.

Parking in Passau:
Parking space (fenced area) incl. transfer parking space – boat – parking space €66 per week
Parking garage incl. transfer park garage – boat – park garage €77 per week.
(registration form in the travel-documents, payable on site)

Minimum number of participants: 50 guests (must have been reached within 21 days prior to departure).

Legal notice: Boat Bike Tours is not the operator of this tour; this is a so called ‘partner tour’. Tour operator is: SE-Tours GmbH, Bremerhaven (D). The tour operator is entitled to cancel the tour if the minimum number of participants has not been reached. If the tour will not take place, all deposits/payments will be fully refunded.



Reviews

Danube: Passau – Vienna – Passau Rated 8 out of 10 based on 4 reviews
4 stars

John Brockway

Excellent food, neat clean ship, friendly and helpful crew. Bicycles were robust and easy to use, but a bit heavy and could have used one more gear for hills.

4 stars

MCO

We did have a number of problems on the cruise itself – but these weren’t the fault of BoatBike Tours. When we reported the issues to them afterwards, they were fast and very fair to us in their response.

4 stars

Murray and Loreesa Tenove

Knowledgeable staff provide a great product in a great format. Bike was great.Boat had some issues that detracted from experience. Boat staffIing / experience appeared a little thin especially at beginning and caused stress on them which carried over to some guests.

4 stars

Annette and David Dunne

Staff and ship were very nice. Dinner portions were a bit small and lunch on board not very good.

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Available ships for this tour

Ship Normandie Danube
max. 100 passengers
51 cabins
2 tours available with this ship
Ship Arlene II Germany, Danube
max. 98 passengers
50 cabins
2 tours available with this ship

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